Move to Ban Shark Products in Canada
30 August 2011, CTV Vancouver Island: VICTORIA – Green Party leader Elizabeth May is calling for a ban on the trade and possession of shark products in Canada, including the very popular shark fin.
May says the practice of ‘finning’ sharks is causing a huge decrease in the number of the fish around the globe.
Finning involves cutting off the dorsal fins of the shark. In some cases the shark is put back in the ocean without fins, eventually dying.
Shark fin soup is considered a delicacy in some asian cultures. It can cost between $50 and $3000 a bowl, depending on quality. Ordering the soup is considered a sign of wealth. Many people also believe it has health benefits.
May plans to present a petition in the House of Commons when the session begins September 19th.